While most tree owners realize the many benefits of applying mulch to trees throughout the year, many make the mistake of having too much mulch applied to their trees, creating a volcano-like pile of mulch.
When people think of mistletoe, they are likely reminded of the holiday tradition where two people standing under a sprig of mistletoe share a kiss. Although it's normal to see mistletoe used as a holiday decoration or hung on a doorframe, one place where it's never good to see mistletoe is up in trees growing on residential properties. Mistletoe is an evergreen parasitic plant that can grow on trees and will harm the host tree's health over time.
Trees are an important part of our natural landscape, providing shade, beauty and value to residential properties throughout the greater Houston area. Healthy and mature shade trees add tremendous value to residents and neighborhoods, so it is critical to preserve and protect their health whenever possible. However, many property owners cause undue damage to their trees because they fail to properly protect the root systems of their trees, leading to instability and tree death.
In regards to tree care and maintenance, most property owners are aware that tree trimming and fertilizing are needed to preserve tree health. However, one commonly overlooked service in tree maintenance is to have root flare excavation performed, especially if trees are experiencing diminished growth and poor health. Root girdling occurs when the tree roots begin to circle the trunk of the tree, impacting the tree's ability to take in vital nutrients.
With colder weather approaching, many property owners opt to plant trees in their yards now since trees are in their dormant phase and can recover better from the transition. Trees planted in the hotter spring and summer months face a greater challenge in establishing their roots and thriving since they are expending more energy to protect themselves from the heat and also absorb vital nutrients.
For some people, tree care simply means remembering to water the trees and occasionally get mulch to help it grow. However, good tree maintenance requires diligence and proactive steps to ensure trees remain healthy and strong. One way residential property owners can help protect and extend the life of their trees is to ensure all tree diseases and suspicious tree growths are immediately analyzed and treated.
Trees are a beautiful and important part of our local environment, adding natural, aesthetic and economic value to the Houston area. However, over time trees can become damaged because of heavy winds, tree diseases or drought, and need to be removed for safety reasons. Additionally, some large trees need to be removed because of their proximity to nearby homes or other structures, either to avoid possible damage from falling debris or because of structural damage caused by tree roots.
For many people, the idea of tree removal seems like a simple one: cut down a tree, chop it up and remove the debris. However, the actual process of a tree removal is an extremely dangerous, complex and time-consuming endeavor, especially when the tree being removed is very large and/or is in close proximity to homes, structures, or other property.
Although trees are a beautiful and vital part of our local landscape, over time some trees can become overgrown or hazardous to nearby structures or communities. However, removing trees can be extremely dangerous or risky because of a tree's size and proximity to homes, structures, or other property.